Comedy fans across the country will be familiar with the hit TV show Last of the Summer Wine, which was set in the quaint town of Holmfirth for nearly 40 years. The town’s sprawling, contoured landscape and stone built houses quickly became a tourist hotspot when the show aired, and, even to this day, visitors from across the globe come to revel in the beauty of this picturesque little town.
An overwhelming sense of pride and community flows through Holmfirth, with its fantastic range of independent businesses, welcoming public spaces and vibrant events calendar. The town holds a special place in the hearts of many, with visitors old and new leaving with magical memories.
Illustrators Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt have been commissioned to bring their colourful design ‘Welly Walks’ to life by The Kirkwood. Sponsored by national housebuilder, Lovell Homes, the idea is to represent the stunning countryside seen on the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ series by Roy Clarke. We got chatting to this talented team of twins to find out more about their design and how they launched their careers in illustration:
Q: What does your design represent?
A: ‘Welly Walks’ is all about showcasing the great outdoors and the beautiful scenery of Holmfirth, from the walking trails to the unique landscape of the Holme Valley, Denby Dale and Digley. This design embraces the beauty of nature and its importance in all of our lives, but as it is also inspired by Last of the Summer Wine, so we wanted to pay tribute to some of the characters from the show.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background in the art world?
A: We are twin sisters, working together as an illustration collective in Burton Upon Trent. We graduated from the University of Derby with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Illustration and were shortlisted for the Stratford Picture Book prize in 2020.
We now both work as freelancers, creating illustrations for children’s books published by the likes of Pearson Publishing, Harper Collins and Oxford University Press. We also paint Wild in Art sculptures for different trails across the country, including the Derby Ram Trail, Worcester’s Big Parade and GoGoDiscover, Norwich.
Q: What do you hope Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees achieves?
A: We love working on public art trails and when we saw that The Kirkwood was organising one, we jumped at the chance. The trail supports such an amazing cause, celebrates the local area, and encourages the public to explore some of the beautiful places in Kirklees in a completely unusual way.
As part of its mission statement, The Kirkwood seeks to support vulnerable members of our community living with advanced, progressive illness with specialist care. Respectful and inclusive, support from The Kirkwood is available for all adults across the borough to access free of charge at any stage of their journey, from diagnosis, eventually through to aftercare for families, friends and carers.
Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees officially launches to the public on September 2nd and will run for eight weeks. The art trail is set to be the largest free event of its kind to ever come to West Yorkshire.
To discover some of Rachael and Phillippa’s past projects, visit www.corcutt.com
To find out more about The Kirkwood’s mission to support people across Kirklees living with a life limiting illness, please visit www.thekirkwood.org.uk